With “Introduction to Shader Programming”,
Pope Kim has finally closed that big gap in the real-time 3D graphics
literature. This book is an invaluable teaching resource, filling the need for
anyone needing to understand how shaders work in a practical and
straightforward way, while teaching at the same time the bases needed for
understanding more advanced shader books and techniques in a very friendly
manner. Thanks to this book, shaders will no longer be black magic but useful
tools for anyone interested in the subject.
- Daniel Barrero, PhD
‘Pope Kim is a seasoned rendering programmer with over 10 years of experience in the gaming industry. While working with top game studios, such as Electronic Arts and Relic Entertainment, he has shipped over a dozen of games on many platforms, including Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2 and PSP. He is now working as a technical consultant for both established and start-up companies.
He has degrees in Law and Computer Science, and is an occasional presenter at computer graphics or game developer conferences, such as SIGGRAPH and Korea Game Conference.
He is also a Microsoft MVP for Visual C++ and part-time educator. He served his 3 years at the Art Institute of Vancouver as a HLSL programming instructor and currently holds a professor position at Sogong University Game Education Center.
You can follow Pope at http://www.popekim.com or on Twitter at @BlindRenderer’
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